Los Angeles Welcomes You To the Santee Alley and So Do I!


The Santee Alley experience involves you, surrounds you, and after your jaw dropping introduction, it pulls you into its allure.  You can say the above-mentioned allure about many places around the world, but this one is within driving distance, so it is special to me.

If you want to see and know what Los Angeles is about culturally, spend a morning or afternoon in the Santee Alley.

You will see and enjoy everyone and everything, just about.

For your information, Santee Alley is located between Santee Street, Maple Avenue, Olympic Boulevard and 12th Street in downtown Los Angeles. The Alley and surrounding streets become a major Bazaar. There are Bazaars around the world and this one measures up for me. When you step into the Alley, you step into another realm, another dimension.

The clothing runs the gamut from casual wear to business clothing. There are many other items besides clothing offered in the Alley. Feel free to bargain. Make sure to have some cash on hand because some of the vendors are not able to take credit cards. The quality of goods may or may not be in question according to your standards, but the atmosphere and the colorful surroundings are over the top and beyond the bell!

You will begin to melt into the sights and sounds. Your day in The Santee Alley will remain with you long after you have departed.


















Stay tuned in for the men’s section!

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dina
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 13:50:59

    Can’t wait to see the men’s! Hurry.


    • sheila Clapkin
      Jan 20, 2014 @ 08:22:32

      Hurrying s fast as I can. How about you going down there and getting the men’s stuff. YOu and your family will enjoy the eclectic nature. Thanks for reading. I love the comment.


  2. Sheryl
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 19:20:45

    What an incredible mixture of fun (but sometimes strange) clothes.


  3. April Marshall
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 10:43:26

    Cool blog, how’s your trip so far

    Sent from my iPhone



    • Sheila Clapkin
      Jan 20, 2014 @ 11:51:14

      Glad you liked the Santee alley
      Our trip so far is a lot of waiting to just board ship. Not friendly boarding procedure. Oh well, ready to have fun!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Jan 24, 2014 @ 15:35:14

      April, trip so far so good. Next was Catalina, oh boy did that bring back memories of when I was a teenager there on their little beach. Next, Ensenada a little and cute town in Mexico. All and all a good trip and a chance to make good memories with Grandpa Skip.


  4. JoAnne
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 19:49:32

    Thanks for the post. It has been years since I have enjoyed being at Santee Alley. I forgot the treasures to be had right here in my back yard. Have a great time on your cruise.


  5. Keith
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 10:28:41

    i loved reading this! As you know I’ve wanted to get there FOREVER. Not sure if it will ever happen. It was nice to see it all in bright vivid photos and descriptive writing.


    • sheila Clapkin
      Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:43:05

      YOU surely do have enough things in Southern California to keep you busy and make the trip down south really a rip roaring good time.
      Come on down!


  6. Reene
    Jan 30, 2014 @ 17:55:20

    Been there many times!! One of the fun places to see in LA—Reene


  7. sheila Clapkin
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 16:30:33

    Been there with you? I think so. Luggage. Let’s go downtown again.Thank you for your comment.


  8. Sheila Clapkin
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 09:46:50

    I wanted to respond to your blog about Santee St. It brought back some great memories of my mom and grandma who worked at a shirt manufacturer at 1012 Santee. My mom stopped working there after my brother was born but grandma worked there for a long while after that. I used to ride the streetcar downtown with her sometimes to pick up her pay check!. Then we would go to Woolworth’s and sit at the counter and have a donut!
    Great memories. Thanks for the reminder.
    From: Mary where it is so cold and snowing…


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